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Review of 6" Delta Jointer
Model 37-070

 

   

For some time now I have been without a work shop. My wife and I moved into the city and I just don't have a spot for my tools. They have been stored at my fathers shop and get good use there by him and myself but for me to make the 4 hour drive whenever I needed to use my tools was getting intolerable. I needed to set up a temporary shop here in the city so I could reduce my travel time to when I needed to use the "big" tools, 1 or twice a year.

Part of this temporary shop required a portable jointer. I already have a 6" stationary Delta jointer so I saw a 6" Delta jointer on sale through Rockler online and ordered it. Costing $199 on sale plus a bit for shipping it arrives a short time later.

My first impression was good the box was quite heavy meaning more metal parts less plastic parts. I put all the components out and looked over them. Everything seamed to be fine, the knives looked good. The fence looked a bit under built though, being a hollow cast aluminum.

Delta Jointer
Delta 6" Jointer

I assembled all the components without any hold-ups and proceeded to plane a test piece. It planed beautifully. I started it out with a piece of rough sawn 2" x 6" spruce and it easily planed a 1/16" of the face. No sign of being overworked.

When I went to plane the edge I noticed that the fence had a tendency to shift slightly as I snugged up the adjustment knob. The torque from the knob pulls the fence out of square slightly (maybe 1/2 a degree). I found this to be quite annoying and started to compensate by starting with the fence just under 90 degrees and tighten the knob until it was truly 90. Checking with my square as I tighten the knob. This turned out to be a very simple fix but I think Delta needs to re-think their design slightly.

Overall I think the Model 37-070 Delta jointer is pretty good. I found nothing other then the fence that I think would need improvement. Other than that I think that this jointer will be a tool that most wood worker would be happy with.

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